The entire Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County family is deeply saddened by the tragedy that occurred Friday in Marysville, Washington. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the students and families of Marysville-Pilchuck High School, and the members of the Tulalip Tribes, at this most difficult time.
Child protection and safety is the number one priority of all Boys & Girls Clubs. Every precaution is taken to make the Club environment safe and secure, while the Club experience is designed to instill good character and self-esteem in every member. Several of the young people who died or were injured in the school shooting were members of their local Club.
There is no rational explanation for such violent and destructive behavior on the part of an individual who takes his or her own life, and the lives of others. Through adult mentoring, and programs that emphasize conflict resolution and personal resilience, Clubs seek to prevent suicide, bullying, and all forms of violence. However, this tragedy reminds us that every young life is vulnerable and precious, and that the relationships we have with the young people in our lives are critically important as they grow and mature through the often turbulent and challenging teen years.
At the Tulalip Boys & Girls Club, adult leaders are providing counseling and support in the wake of this tragedy, and will continue their longstanding commitment to help all young people in the Tulalip and Marysville communities to realize their full potential as caring, healthy and productive future citizens and leaders.
Groundbreaking Takes Place for Gaffney Field Upgrades at Everett Boys & Girls Club
Representatives from the Boys & Girls Clubs; Everett Community College (including members of the Women’s Softball team who will be using the new field); Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation; Snohomish County Parks Department; and Jim and Tom Gaffney, representing the Gaffney family.
A groundbreaking ceremony took place October 2nd for Gaffney Field upgrades at the Everett Boys & Girls Club. The upgraded field will include astroturf, a new scoreboard, fencing, dugouts, and seating. The renovations are being made through partnership with Everett Community College, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and Snohomish County Parks and Recreation. The Everett Community College women’s softball team uses the Club field.
To read the complete press release, click here.
The groundbreaking for a new club in Sultan took place
Tuesday, September 9, 2014. Destroyed by fire on Christmas Eve 2010, the new 13,500 sq. ft. building will offer a classroom; gymnasium; a Technology Center; a Teen Center; a games room; and the Community ECEAP Preschool (Early Childhood Education Assistance Program), a preschool operated by the Volunteers of America Western Washington (VOAWW). The new facility, located on VOAWW land in Sultan, is being built through a partnership between the City of Sultan, Volunteers of America, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County (BGCSC), and with funding support from the State of Washington and Snohomish County.
Read the full press release here..
Read the Everett Herald’s article here.
Macy’s cardholders nationwide took part in the annual Thanks For Sharing event in September. Scheduled to run through December, the campaign was so successful that it met its goal of raising $15 million for charities by September 30!
Macy’s is donating $10 out of each $25 enrollment fee, up to a total of $15 million, to charities. The first $3 million raised will benefit the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® movement. The balance, up to an additional $12 million, will be donated to Make-A-Wish®, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®, The RESPECT! Campaign™, an initiative of Futures Without Violence® as well as local chapters of Big Brothers Big Sisters and Boys and Girls Clubs.
We will receive a report in January detailing the amount to be gifted to BGCSC. Macy’s Thanks for Sharing has raised over $115 million for charitable causes since 2002. Thank you Macy’s and local BGCSC supporters who participated in the program.
Snohomish County Executive John Lovick presents the Community Stewardship Award to BGCSC.
The Evergreen State Fair in Monroe opened Thursday, August 21, 2014 with a generous gift to the Boys & Girls Clubs. Republic Services, a longtime sponsor of the fair, recognized the Mukilteo and Arlington clubs through its annual Community Stewardship Award. A total of $30,000 was awarded to the Mukilteo Club; $20,000 was also awarded to the Arlington Club. For more details on this gift, click here.
During the Wednesday, August 20th Snohomish County Council Meeting, Snohomish County Council Joint Resolution No. 14-013 was issued and presented to BGCSC, declaring the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County as a Community Steward in enabling all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. To read the complete resolution, click here.
The Snohomish County Council with BGCSC Executive Director Bill Tsoukalas (far left) and members of various BGCSC clubs.